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Sentro 1771 @ Greenbelt

This actually a continuation of the previous date.  After watching the movie, we walked to the Greenbelt Chapel to pay respect and then checked on some boutiques at Greenbelt  while looking for restaurant where we can have our early dinner.

My sister, Kei was looking for a restaurant that serves Filipino food while I am not in the mood to eat a heavy dinner as I was still full with the lunch I had.  I was suggesting Bizu as I just wanted to buy French Macarons but then Kei was insistent on looking for a Filipino restaurant.

So when we reached Sentro, she got excited as this is where she was thinking to bring us.

What did we order?

This is my favorite.  Tomato Kesong Puti Salad @ 180 pesos.  The dressing was so delicious and the cheese not so creamy.  The croquette cheese was also very yummy while the tomatoes were sweet.  Overall, I’ll give this dish a perfect 10!

Specialty of the House – Sinigang na Corned Beef.  For sharing is at P595  while the solo is at  P310.  I never thought that corned beef can be cooked this way. Well, the same thought I had that Lechon can’t be cooked in the same soup as this.  Very innovative and delicious.  By the way, the soup is customized the way you wanted its sourness.

Dinengdeng (Vegetable Potpourri) on the right @ P220 and Crispy Boneless Trotter at P550 on the left.  The dinengdeng is not that good.  The ones at Ilocos restaurants are still the best.  The crispy  pata is very tasty and the sauce is just right for the dish.  If I am not mistaken, they used a special vinegar for this.

Enjoying the food.

After the meal.  Very full!  We didn’t have desserts as we were all thinking of having Lavazza coffee at my sister’s place.

I will definitely go back to Sentro 1771 for the salad and to check their other dishes.

Sentro 1771 is located at Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.


A birthday treat of a childhood friend @ Siam House

Yesterday, my childhood friend, Riza gave us a birthday treat.  She surprised me and my other childhood friend, Grace by telling us she’s in Pampanga and would want to go out with us.

So, we gave in and went to have lunch out at one of my favorite restaurants in Angeles City, Siam House.

Siam House is a Thai restaurant that serves authentic Thai food since the owner/chef is Thai (as I heard).   I have been to this place a couple of times and never have been disappointed.    Though the ambiance is not the typical well-decorated, lit and air-conditioned dining place, this restaurant gives a “homey” feeling for its “kitchenette” look.    Anyway, what’s important is we get a clean place, friendly staff and delicious food that we get value for our money.

There are two beverages that I always order from this place.  One is the Thai Iced Tea which is shown on the picture below.  Another one is their Tamarind juice which comes in a can.  You should try both for the experience (since some are not really into this type of drinks, my friend is one who didn’t like the taste of the Thai Iced tea).

On the upper right of the collage is the TomYam soup in coconut milk . We chose seafood for this one.    I love how the  milk blends well with all the Thai herbs, vegetables and seafoods.  Very delicious!

For the appetizer the “birthday lady”  recommended the Chicken Salad which is my a first try for me.  I super love it!  I ate it with fresh cabbage.  The salad is a mixture of ground chicken breast, red onions, Thai herbs and a sauce that’s spicy and sweet.  YUMMY!

For our main dish, we had the famous “Bagoong Rice” (left picture).  I forgot all the Thai names so I would just be telling them in English.  This is my favorite dish.  You can eat it as it is.  Why?  Just check the toppings on the dish.  It has a flavorful pork, prawns, scrambled egg and sliced green mangoes.  Fulfilling!

On the upper right of the collage is Prawns in Red Curry sauce.  It’s tasty and creamy but it’s not something I will order again.  Check our local eggplant (circle variety) that were diced and the green circles which resemble green peas.  They are actually called Thai eggplants!   They are somewhat spicy and taste like peppers.  Great combination huh?

The last on our meal is the Seafood in Basil.  I like the simplicity of the sauce and the taste of the basil.  Well, basil is on the herbs that I love.  Be it, the Thai variety or the Italian ones.

The birthday celebrator with me and Grace.

From Siam House, we headed to SM Clark and ended our date at Divas Kaffe.  I ordered Green Tea Frappe to compare it to that of Starbucks.  Not disappointing.  The taste actually comparable but I will still go for Starbucks.  Hehe!  I forgot to ask Riza on how she paid for the drink so I can provide detail on this.

The dishes we had were mostly priced at 180 pesos and I can say not bad as we left the restaurant very full.

Thanks, Riza for the treat and belated happy birthday again!  😀

***Siam House is located  along Fields Avenue in Angeles City.

My first Frutti Fro-yo experience

My sister, Azha was in Manila while my parents and I were on our way to Manila for a dinner treat at Spiral in Sofitel which deserves another post last week.  She sent me messages that we  have to meet with her  first before we head to the dinner for we need to try this fro-yo which she told me our parents would surely love.

True enough, they loved it!  Our family is addicted to frozen yogurt (fro-yo).  We all had our first taste of this “healthy ice cream” with our very own, Cold Spoon Frozen Yoghurt located at Sunset-Friendship road in Angeles City. Frutti Fro-yo is different however!  WHY? Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Upon entering the place, you get to be greeted by a signage giving you  instructions.  Frutti Fro-yo has 8 different flavors – Taro, Banana, Apple, Peach, Chocolate, Vanilla, Blueberry and Original.

Yes, everyone was excited in choosing the flavors, toppings and syrup.

Look at my father’s face!  Just like a kid who can’t wait to taste his customized fro-yo.  LOL.

I was the last to choose.  My sister suggested I try the Taro flavor and I did.  I also chose the Vanilla and Original flavor.  I don’t want flavors to be mixing so I was careful in putting them on my cup.

My customized Frutti Fro-yo!  I loved the Taro flavor.  I wished it was all that I put in my cup.  The original flavor was sour as compared to Cold Spoon’s and White Hat’s.  The vanilla flavor wasn’t distinct, so I know now what flavor to choose the next time I visit this place.  The toppings were just right.  I love them!  The blueberries, strawberries and mangoes were made of syrup (not the store-bought ones in can).  I added mixed nuts which neutralized everything.  NOW, I am craving!

Did we enjoy it?  Well, just look at the picture below.  Hehehe!

Thanks, Art for the treat.  He spent about 900 pesos for the five cups.  Not cheap though but worth a try!

Btw, did you know that this dessert is spelled with 3 variants?  Often it’s spelled with yogurt, but it can also be yoghurt and yoghourt.   =)

Despidida @ C’ Italian

I work in a BPO industry and we’re changing teams/shifts next week.  This calls for different people to work with as others are moving to different teams.

To celebrate the good times we had in the team, my team asked me to join them in a “food trip”, a long overdue plan at C’ Italian in Friendship Avenue in Angeles City.  I have been in this restaurant a couple of times with different set of friends and family.  I even had a double date in its garden while a band was playing and stars are glowing. Romantic, huh? LOL.

Pictures are essential while dining out nowadays.  Especially for me who wouldn’t  want to miss moments and pictures of good food.   So, while ordering and waiting for JB and Jlyn and the food we ordered, I took time to take pictures.  Forgive me for the low resolution of the pictures. I was experimenting on my camera and used the 3200 ISO. LOL.

Our first set of orders –  Panizza Kristina @ P655 on the lower right side and  Panizza Millionario @ P695  on lower left side.   The usual bread and pesto dip was served just like any other Italian restaurants here.  Extra order of Alfafa and Arugula is P99.  You may be wondering what’s on the upper right side of this picture. Well, wonder no more, as that is just my panizza strip filled with alfalfa and arugula, rolled and bitten.  LOL

Spaghetti Con Fruitti de Mare (Fruit of the Sea) @ P590 and  Gnocchi Bolognia @ 750.   It was my first time to try gnocchi so I wondered how it tasted.  I loved it! I want anything starchy and soft and “tomatoey”.  LOL.  Wikipedia says Gnocchi (English pronunciation: /ˈnɒki, ˈnjɒki/; Italian: [ˈɲɔkːi]; N’YO-kee; singular gnocco) are various thick, soft dumplings. They may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, potato, bread crumbs, or similar ingredients. The smaller forms are called gnocchetti.”

Risotto Kristina @ P720.  If there’s one dish that I love to eat in Italian restaurants, it’s risotto.  Told ya, I like anything starchy. My mind is whispering and telling me it’s actually anything carbo. Hahah!  On the right side of the picture are strips of the two panizzas.

Pictures of us.  This is another wonderful experience at C’ Italian. Again, I wasn’t disappointed so are the first-timers here.  😀

Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu

Though I have heard good reviews from my family,  I only recently discovered Tong Yang when my brother-in-law, Mon brought us to its branch in Mega Mall last month.

Aunt Melda would treat us for dinner. We came from Banawe, QC and fetched my cousin in Sampaloc and finally arrived at Mega Mall at around 8:30 PM.  It’s near their closing time but didn’t think twice of looking for a different restaurant.  I was glad that was the case for I wasn’t disappointed even if time was rushed for us to finish our food.

Everything is delicious – from soup to dessert.  Hence, we decided to have a second round on its main branch a few days after i.e. before we went home from St. Luke’s after my mother’s operation.  My sister’s boyfriend, Azha gave us a birthday/lunch treat.

Tong Yang’s signage @ Quezon Avenue

Our choices of food at Megamall’s branch.  Just looking at them now makes me want to travel to Manila.

An array of  options on its main branch in Quezon Avenue.  I love that I can eat most of my favorite foods here namely chicken liver, intestines of different sizes (LOL), different types of fish, seafood and shellfish where some names I haven’t heard of, roasted duck (you really should try it!), frog legs and cold cuts.  I like how their sour soup tasted as well no matter what ingredients you put to it. 😀

A wonderful dining experience with my family at SM Mega Atrium.

Aunt Melda who gave us the dinner treat and Art, the lunch treat.

Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu

SM Mega Atrium, Mandaluyong City

631-3637 or 470-3638

1498 Quezon Ave., Quezon City

373-3860 to 61

Price: 500+

One rainy day…

I was cleaning my pictures from my camera and saw these.  It was a month ago when I went to for a check-up at St. Catherine and rain was pouring hard when I left the hospital so I decided to stop at a nearby mall, Nepo mall.  It was already past 2 PM and I hadn’t had  lunch anyway. So I decided to have it at Pizza Hut and ordered the following.

Cream of chicken soup (it’s a creamy soup that’s loaded with chicken and topped with pesto). I love it for I like anything with cream and pesto.  For my beverage I ordered a soda with cherry and kiwi flavor.

While waiting for my main dish, a power interruption happened. This is maybe due to the heavy rain.  I took this opportunity to take pictures for it’s seldom that you experience a “no generator” in an international chain of restaurant.  The customers were given 2 candles per table to give light to the dim dining area.  I would have appreciated this more if there was someone with me (a date, maybe…LOL), but I was all alone in a gloomy weather and somewhat “romantic” setting.  Hahaha!  Nonetheless, I love how I captured this picture.

My soup and drink  with the candles

Because of the power interruption, I wasn’t able to take a picture of my main dish – Fettuccine Alfredo. I am not fond of creamy pasta so I would not rave about this dish.

For dessert, I had  Mango Panna Cotta. I was supposed to try their Choco Lava but their chef  told the service crew it’s not available.  Actually, when I was asking for desserts, they  informed me there was none available.  It was only their manager that asked the chef to check on the Panna Cotta.  It’s a good thing I wasn’t in the mood to complain for I can’t understand why a power interruption could stop them from serving desserts when all they have to do is get them from their chillers.  DUH!

So this is a one rainy day of the more rainy days to come that I will forever remember with Pizza Hut.  😉

Last week’s diary

Last week was a busy day for me.

Sunday – I reported to work as usual.

Monday – My mother and I went to Makati Medical to get the results of all the laboratory tests that her doctor requested as preparation for her operation. From there, we headed to St. Luke’s Hospital to get a third opinion on her illness – a cyst  observed 8 years ago in her thyroid that two doctors already advised to have it removed immediately. The endocrinologist that our medical insurance referred to at St. Luke’s gave the same feedback – to have a thyroidectomy ASAP since her last biopsy was already past 5 months and it showed significant findings. Right there and then, after contacting my other sisters, we decided to have the operation done at St. Luke’s instead of Makati Medical.

My mom with her Fish Pomodoro meal at Delifrance  in St. Luke’s where we had our lunch while waiting for the Endocrinologist’s arrival.

From the hospital, after all was done for the preparation of the operation which was scheduled on Wednesday of the same week, we went to Banawe to meet my Aunt who was having her car reconditioned, brother-in-law, another sister and friend.  My aunt would treat us for dinner.  We decided to have it at Tong Yang in SM Megamall.  Thanks, Aunt Melda for the dinner treat!

Tuesday – I had to report back to work as I would be on leave on Wednesday and Thursday and I had to finish a number of tasks needed for the week.

Wednesday – I traveled with my father to St. Luke’s in Manila and arrived there at 2 PM.  My mother’s operation was scheduled at 4 PM.

I took this picture on our way to Manila.  Do you know this bridge?  We always pass by this Candaba viaduct whenever we travel to Manila.  When I was in college, I would travel weekly to go home and when I reached this bridge, my heart would leap for I know I will just be a few minutes away from home. Haha!  On some occasions, out of boredom, I would time the length this 5 km bridge would take to end and would always surprise me that it  would always give a result of  3 minutes via bus.  It always amazes me too that half of the bridge is part of Apalit, Pampanga while the other half is of Pulilan, Bulacan.

Before 4 PM while mother is waiting for her operation.

My mom is actually at the operating room while we were at Delifrance to have our dinner.  We got tensed in the room waiting for the operation to end so we decided to get out and have our dinner instead. Below is at Delifance with my three sisters, Maureen, Marinel and Maricar.

Thursday – A few hours after my mom’s recovery from the operation, together with my sisters, Mau and Mye (shown on the pic below), we decided to go to SM Megamall to do a little shopping and grab a dinner treat.
Mau @ the newly-opened Forever 21 at SM Megamall. My sister, Maricar  finds it funny that she commented Mau loves having pictures taken at the mall. LOL. I can’t blame Mau when she gets excited in a mall for she’s deprived of this when she’s at her husband’s hometown in Isabela. Hahah!
Mau’s husband, Mon gave a dinner treat  at Dad’s in Megamall.  A very fattening and heavy dinner!  I consumed a plate of callos and chicken liver. Thanks, Mon!
Friday – My mom was discharged from the hospital before noon.  Art, my sister, Maritza’s boyfriend gave us a lunch treat before we headed to Pampanga at Tong Yang’s main branch at Quezon Avenue.  It was his birthday the day after and we didn’t know.  Thanks, Art for the lunch treat and belated happy birthday!
Here’s a picture of mom after the lunch treat at Tong Yang.  Check her wrist she still has the “bracelet” from the hospital. Hahaha!  It seems like she didn’t have a recent operation for she finished all the food that I put on her plate which was A LOT!
Before going home, we passed by Marquee mall in Pampanga.  We were supposed to go to Trinoma but due to time constraint and vehicle coding, we decided to just go to Marquee Mall.
Maricar at Crazy Crepes finishing my mom’s order of Banana-Caramel Crepe.
Saturday –  I just stayed at home but was busy for I assisted a helper in cleaning the house.  That concluded my week.
PS: Having an unexpected illness in the family made me realize that money and time will never be an issue.  All my sisters were able to come to Manila to share their time with my mom, even the two who were from distant places in the Philippines.  It was a reunion except that we missed our other sister who’s currently in Vietnam.
We thank the Lord that even if the result of the cyst is malignant – Papillary Thyroid Cancer, the operation was successful and my mom was able to recover immediately and that her illness has a long life expectancy.   Thank you so much, Lord for more time with my mom!